The Meaning and Purpose of Life in a Christian Nation
The Righteous Society
The Hope of America is to be
a Nation With Jesus as Lord and God as Our Father
Governed as a Christian Constitutional Republic
Represented by Godly Men who Rise to Maturity in
a Society where all strive to Serve and
Love God and Neighbor as Self
Living Together and Honoring the Boundaries of a
Biblical Libertarian Society
Deserving Freedom because we Follow His Way
and Rightly Discern, Confront, and Punish Evil
A Return to a Godly America
Betrayal of the Founders’ Trust
A Study in the Secularization of Government & Society
The Seduction of Socialism
The Subtle Errors of Libertarianism
The Christian Renewal of America
A Roadmap to a Christian Nation
Legislation for a Righteous Society
A Contract with Christian America
Life in Relationship
Life is for learning, and the lesson is Godliness.
The schoolyard and classroom is life and relationships.
We are here on in this creation to develop character and maturity by hiding the Word in our hearts.
By knowing His Word, we can know His Way.
The Central Thesis of the Righteous Society
Life is for learning, and the lesson is Godliness.
The schoolyard and classroom is life and relationships.
We are to develop character and maturity by hiding the Word in our hears.
The Word Lights the Way
God gave the Word, the Bible, to man through inspiration by His prophets as they were moved by His Holy Spirit.
God desires that man walk in His Way, and will cleanse and forgive those who accept the sacrifice of His Son.
Those who have a heart for His law and His Way will see God and be in His presence.
The test/challenge/trial and process of life
America as a Christian Nation Working to Bring God’s Kingdom on Earth
By Thomas Lee Abshier, ND
“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.” George Washington (Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789)
The ideal government and society can only form when every individual takes upon himself the role of king, judge, and ambassador. As Christians, we represent the kingdom of Heaven. Our love, humility, and respect for this foreign world represent our Lord well. As
Our founders intended that America be a Christian Nation, governed by laws based upon the Judeo-Christian Ethic. They did not overtly write Christianity into the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the Declaration of Independence, but a casual examination of these documents reveals the background intent and spirit they embodied. On some
The founders were humans who saw heavenly perfection through a glass darkly. Surely they had some degree of conflicting religious convictions driving their hearts. Still, the intensity of their debate was dedicated to creating the highest and best government possible. Only the most partisan atheist could sincerely deduce the founders intended a Godless Secular government directing our nation. Men of faith such as George Washington, James Madison, and John Adams knew the dire consequences of demanding that the national spirit and its leaders should totally separate from the True God.
Only fools would write a Constitution which demanded that the welfare and future of an entire nation be entrusted solely to the wisdom, foresight, and power of mortal men. Only rebellious children would intend the force of Constitutional mandate to explicitly ban the leadership of God in guiding our country’s destiny. Only the self-worshiping egotist would declare that preserving a sense of equality and self-worth for the nation’s agnostics and pagans
God would have long ago destroyed America and put her in bondage if the founders and subsequent generations had embraced such vain guiding principles. We see a rich history of Godly words and deeds of our founders and the institutions of their installed government. This evidence validates our claim of their intent to create a nation which reflected the Kingdom of God. Thus, our duty remains to meditate on His will and pray for the manifestation of that heavenly vision in our land. While the founders’ efforts were imperfect, we see strong evidence of our Christian heritage in our founding documents and the subsequent acts of the early Congress.
The issues of religious freedom were very much alive in the founders’ minds after their experience with England and its required allegiance to a State religion.
Therefore, the Secularists claim the founders’ intended to totally disallow the inclusion of any Christian speech or symbolism in the public arena. But, this claim ignores the vast body of evidence that the founders intended a non-denominational inclusion of Christianity as the underlying moral foundation of the nation and its people. And they were right to choose Christianity as the religious-moral model upon which to pattern the laws of government and economy. The prosperity and liberties of our nation have no equal in the world, and we can attribute this excellent outcome to our Christian moral foundation.
The “Separationists”/Secularists claim the founders sought to create a society where every religion holds an equal place of honor and tolerance. The Secularists believe that government should take a position of absolute neutrality and complete separation from any religious concepts or influence. In effect, the “Separationists” contend that only when government legislates and judges based on the purest of Secular Humanist worldviews does it fulfill the Constitutionally required neutrality toward religion. But, such men ignore the fact that enforced Secular Humanism bears all the markings of a government-established religion. Government endorsed and propagated Secular Humanism eliminates the influence of all other religions from public life, while it imposes its own religious mandates upon the people.
It is impossible to totally separate religion from government; thus the question becomes, “What is the proper place for religion in government?” The founders answered that question in their acts of Congress and founding documents. They implicitly acknowledged God and thereby indicated their intended Christian allegiance in our founding documents signed “In the year of our Lord, 1776”. Likewise, the first Congress clearly intended a supportive relationship between government and Christianity when they allocated funds to support Christian missionaries to the Indians following the Revolutionary
This act of
As a free and Godly people constituting the government, we have the right to choose our laws, representatives, and system of government. And, having chosen
The founders originally established Christianity as the de facto religion of America. They included Christian precepts and prescriptions for proper social interaction within the government, and for this reason alone we have the right to choose to continue in that tradition. But, even if they had intended less, we have a right as a people to choose a government which most closely mirrors God’s perfect plan for secular government.
Those who argue for “Separation” attempt to impose the religious orthodoxy of Secular Humanism upon the government. And in
When the group spirit rejects Christianity, we will have only the thin connection of heritage to regain our status as a Christian Nation. We must remain vigilant against the cries for total spiritual neutrality in government. Such calls appeal to the principles of “Fairness”, “Separation”, and “Tolerance”, but in
If Christianity truly does reflect the perfect moral and relationship patterns of the Creator, then all other spiritual forces will necessarily compete with it for dominance. In
The founders did not declare us to be a Christian Nation by law because of the tendency of men to fall into the temptation of imposing a religious tyranny. The founders recognized this human
1) Throughout history, parents taught their children the social norms and survival/work skills. But, with the advent of industrialization and information-intensive work, parents have increasingly chosen to transfer the task of education to specialists who could train the children to enter into a society that requires ever more specialized training. Thus, parents moved toward paying
As a result, the union and lobby of the National Education Association and the state and federal Departments of Education hold sway over educational content by threatening to withhold state and federal dollars from programs which do not comply with the protocols and philosophy they dictate. Federal Courts have adjudicated against those school districts who do not comply with Federal mandate. (Although many would argue that Federal Courts have no authority or jurisdiction over state and local authorities in the matters of education.) Thus the American family is compelled to pay taxes for public school indoctrination of their children in philosophies repugnant to their own value-system. Such judgments by the Federal Courts should have no effect on State and Local entities such as a school district; but by taking money from the Federal Government, they have plausibly placed themselves under Federal authority. Thus, the Secularists within the Federal Government have used the changing cultural conditions as an opportunity to thwart the autonomy of the States and local school districts, to override the will of parents, and to direct the indoctrination of the minds of our coming generations.
2) The tradition of including Christianity in public education was strong until recently. The societal anti-God forces have always wished to usurp the educational process, but no legal precedent could justify banning Christian education until the Supreme Court invented a new Constitutional principle in response to the 1947 case of Everson v Board of Education. This ruling prohibited the use of tax funds for transporting students to a Catholic school on the grounds of “Separation of Church and State.” Over the next 60
In turn, the government has proceeded to deliver an enforced secular education. Parents no longer have
But we cannot expect that parents can resist and undo all the social lessons delivered by public education. As a Christian Nation, we expect that schooling would deliver a moral message consistent with the principles of Christ. Parents have paid taxes and contracted with the education community to act as their agents in training our children. As the majority religion, those parents have the right to expect that the education they receive would mirror the training they would give in the ways of Christian Godliness, knowledge, and right thinking.
When the nation’s educational institutions deliver a moral message that contravenes the parent’s value system, that system has betrayed the parent’s trust. The propaganda of education will inexorably skew the minds and hearts of each generation, leaving a generally indelible impression that will to some extent color that child’s perspective throughout his entire life.
If America’s heritage is a vision to manifest the Kingdom of God on Earth, we should as a majority, advocate for a strong inclusion of the Christian faith in our publicly funded education and media. Many will object to such an initiative as a violation of the “Separation of Church and State”. But the Secularist perspective is only one opinion. They believe in the correctness of their interpretation of Constitutional intent, but the Christian majority has an equally strong opinion of the correct interpretation of history and the implementation of Truth. The Secular Humanists have no intrinsic right to dominate our culture and render final judgment. The Secularist arguments are based on an opinion about Constitutional intent that conforms to their worldview. They seek to universalize it and impose it upon America as a national religion and thought-system that patterns civil law.
As Christians, we have every right to oppose the Secularist attempts to mold the soul of America’s moral foundation in their image. The “Secularists” and “Separationists” have read new concepts into the founder’s Constitutional intent, and they loudly declare those principles are True, Fair, and Intended. But as Christians, we have the right to proclaim our own interpretation of
The time has come to endorse publicly funded non-denominational support of Christianity in our schools, legislatures, and courts. We must again embrace the once common concept of our Christian Nationhood and purposefully enroll the people in the ways of Christ. From such a stand we can dedicate public funds and direct the media and educational institutions to feed the minds of the masses with Christian philosophy and conversation. We should pray for wisdom about the best strategies to overturn the social momentum of the last 60 years and re-embrace our Christian heritage and culture.
Many have become increasingly convinced that our nation is, and should be, dedicated to the creation of a Secular Humanist haven. Some have gradually accepted the drumbeat of the New-Thought Secularists who exalt the principles of tolerance above the propagation of God’s Truth. As long as we embrace these poisonous worldviews, we will self-censor our outrage at this imposition of new cultural gods and the erection of their idols for required worship in the public square. As long as we bow down to these false gods, we will purposefully cleanse government, media, and education of any Christian dialogue or training. In so doing we condemn ourselves to the eventual failure experienced by every other nation-state which has exalted human wisdom above Godly guidance.
As a government founded on Christian principles, as a nation populated by a Christian majority, and as a government of, by, and for the people, we have the right to use Christian principles to guide our legislative, judicial, and social system. As Christians, our moral base provides the template to create the most righteous and prosperous society. The Christian moral system coincides with the foundational laws upon which God designed the universe. Thus as citizens, we should choose representatives with adequate life experience and sense to recognize social patterns and trends which could lead toward disaster. And as a Christian statesman, the representative brings his personal character to
As a Christian Nation, we should realize that the Bible does not provide a predigested directive for
The extreme complexity of the Biblical Way will soon become apparent to even the most intellectual and intuitive man. Ultimately, the Creeds, Statements of Faith, and efforts to
Society will naturally manifest a diversity of opinion and perspective, and no man can hold and articulate all perspectives. Thus, inviting many people to participate in the public debate provides for robust consideration of the possibilities for failure and success. And while diversity has value
Thus, in the debate as to the proper direction of the nation’s goals, we should dedicate ourselves to the actual, true, correct, right, accurate and divinely established religion. In so doing we will have a greater chance of manifesting the highest potential of God’s vision of perfection. When the representatives and populace are well informed about the possibilities and consequences of error, and when the diversity of Godly opinion all point toward a common center, the group increases its chances of choosing an excellent outcome.
In a Christian Nation, the non-Christian can expect to receive the same public policy courtesies in matters of personal safety, respect of property, and equality before the law. But, some who oppose the implementation a Christian Nation argue that it would confer second class status on the non-Christian citizen. And being realistic, those who choose to adopt a non-Christian worldview will have less relationship and resonance with the culture and our Christian brethren. But, such estrangement between believers and unbelievers resembles the difference in opinions between family members. The two competing worldviews may clash, but Christians will continue to pray for, witness to, and stay in
Naturally, the unbeliever cannot share in the spirit of unity that is available to the family of believers since close relationship requires a similarity of purpose, standards, and vision. Those who are compliant with the wishes of the king are held in higher esteem, and the son which adopts the ways of the father has a closer relationship with the family. The Secular humanist demands that all people be given equality and acceptance. Such a life-philosophy is contrary to the principles of life. Every choice produces its own outcome. As humans, we have no right to demand acceptance, equality, or superiority. Our choices produce their own fruit.
In a free country, all may share their competing religious worldviews. As a Christian Nation, we advocate for the belief that the Constitution is a document that reflects the principles which should guide a secular government in implementing the principles of the Christian faith. As such, the Constitution does not require homogeneity of belief in Christian doctrine; neither does it require the recognition of Christianity as the personal foundation of any person’s belief system. The Constitution only requires obedience to the laws passed by the elected representatives. And yes, some of those laws and expenditures may require unbelievers to be exposed to Christian symbols, slogans, and teachings. But, such exposure does not require faith, only polite participation. In other words, society is the group extension of a Christian family. The influence and witnessing to the unbelieving child never
Each moral system has its own set of cause and effect sequences, and every society must choose which system it wishes to impose upon itself. As for America, the Founders chose to create a Constitution based upon the Judeo-Christian ethic. As such, we have a right to govern, fund, and enact laws that support the society-wide propagation of Christianity. The Secular Humanist system of values and beliefs is simply an alternative religious/belief system. As a nation, we have the right to not endorse a government enforced
The invasion of the Secular Humanist spirit into the heart of our culture is so insidious and subtle that few will initially recognize the danger and the encroachment. But, to overcome this spiritual invasion requires a deepening of thought and commitment to the True social manifestation of Christian philosophy. God has allowed the scourge of Secularism to plague the land, and His purpose in subjecting us to this test is to create the pain of error in the land. He desires us to recoil from this seductive trap, gain knowledge of righteousness, and thereby establish His righteous kingdom on Earth. When the nation opens its eyes to the wisdom of God, the arguments of the “intellectual elite” Secular thinkers will crumble and join the dust of all other foolish and erroneous ideologies.
As the church, we have the obligation to witness and work to prepare the world for the return of Christ. As a Christian
Dr. T., In response to your article, "Physics and Faith", you are putting words in the mouths of physicists to suit your premise. Here is what Stephen Hawking thinks about the beginning of the universe: http://www.hawking.org.uk/the-origin-of-the-universe.html...
By: Thomas Lee Abshier, ND7/10/2009 ----- Original Message ----- From: StevenTo: 'Thomas Lee Abshier, NDSent: Friday, July 10, 2009 8:06 PM Subject: re: Guilt & Remorse Tom, I was wondering about something on the emotional dimension. Do you ever feel guilt or...